Sunglao elected chair of Zampen cacao cluster team PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:56

by Allen Abastillas

Retired Police Director Angelo H. Sunglao was elected chairman for Private Sector in the Zamboanga Peninsula Cacao Industry Cluster Team during a two-day seminar on strategic planning  for the cacao industry in  Zampen that was held at Grand Astoria Hotel on September 28 -29,2015.

The seminar-workshop was sponsored by the Department  of Trade and Industry-9.

Vice Chairman for Upstream are the Dept. of Agriculture and Philippine Coconut Authority- 9 and Vice Chair for Downstream is the Dept. of Trade and Industry headed by Director Sitti Amina Jain. The Secretariat are the offices of DA-9, DTI and National Economic Development and Authority-9.

Regional Development Council- 9 is the overall chair and ZAMPEN CICT is the overall vice chair.

Policy and Information Advocacy Action Team is chaired by  NEDA-9 with DA-9, DTI-9, Dept. of Labor and Employment, Local Government Units, Academe, RAFC, Dept. of Agrarian Reform, Philippine Information Agency and Mindanao Development Authority-9 as members.

Productivity and Quality Improvement Action Team is chaired by the Dept. of Agriculture with the Dept. of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Administration, DOLE, Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, DAR, DTI, Cooperatives and Associations, Academe, LGUs and Service Provider Organizations as members.

Processing and Marketing Action is chaired by DTI-9 and members are DA, DAR, DOST, TESDA, Academe, Traders,  Processors/ Exporters, DENR, Service Provider Organizations and LGUs.

Financing and Investment Action Team is chaired by Land Bank of the Philippines and mMembers are DTI, DA, DENR, DOST, Development Bank of the Philippines, LGU, Rural Bank, Zamboanga Economic Zone and Local Government Units.

Sunglao thanked DTI-9  under Regional Jain and the participants for choosing him as chairman for the Private Sector for ZAMPEN Cacao Industry Cluster Team.

“There is a beautiful  future for the cacao industry in the country. Let’s help each other and the farmers and love and protect and preserve the land that gives us life,” Sunglao said.

DTI Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Director Noel Bazan expressed optimism that by year  2020, Philippines can produce point 65 million tons of dried cacao beans.

“We can do it because the land of  our country most especially in Mindanao is very fertile. Sabi po nila kahit itapon mo lang ang  seeds  sa lupa pagbalik mo five years ha-harvest ka na ng mga prutas,” Bazan said. —  Allen Abastillas